When we decide to choose what career path to take, we blend our hobbies and interests to choose a career most compatible for us.
I find writing to not only be one of hobbies, but more of my getaway – my comfort, relief, and protection. It’s helped me develop a sense of trust within myself and given me the confidence and ability to develop that trust with others by sharing part of myself – my experiences, lessons, optimism, and morale of wellness and improving your overall quality of life, with the community.
It has motivated me to get into a field where I can directly incorporate those words and feelings into actions with my future patients.
The healthcare profession is one of the biggest and rapidly growing fields today. Apart from my love of writing, there are several other reasons that sparked my interest in becoming a health care professional. Here are eleven of them:
1) Understanding the Patient Perspective
Most of us have been patients before getting into the health-care profession. We know that we want our health care professionals to be empathic, make us feel comfortable, and develop a trusting relationship with us. Knowing how it feels to be a patient yourself is what makes us understand the patient perspective and treat patients more like people.
2) Job Growth and Stability
Because health is crucial to every single individual, health care professionals are high in demand. The country’s population is aging and more Americans are in need of continued medical care than ever before.
3) Knowledge Expansion
As health care professionals, we provide knowledge to our patients about medicine and health care so that they will feel empowered as opposed to feeling like they cannot provide medical care for their own community. Regardless of personal circumstances, the people that we are helping are capable people, but some have not had the same opportunities. The reality is that, even though people currently have more access to health care, the needs of certain communities are still not being met. It’s important to give back, especially to underprivileged communities, in hope that it becomes a chain reaction and healthcare knowledge can spread to other parts of our world.
4) Team Work
Every single member of the health care profession contributes to a portion of care, whether it be big or small. All members of the patients’ multidisciplinary health team work together to provide the patient with the best holistic care (physical, emotional, spiritual) available. Whether you plan, assess, treat, or deliver the actual care to the patient – you are still working as part of a team to deliver high quality care to the patient to improve their overall quality of life.
5) Respect in Society
The reason why people respect health care professionals is because they contribute their life towards serving others. They respect their patients. The thing is, our patient’s feelings might mean nothing to us, but it means everything to them and because of that very reason, we care to listen to what they have to say, and really do our best to meet their needs.
6) Excitement and Variation
Healthcare is fast paced and incredibly varied. You will deal with many different circumstances, situations and people; each of these is unique. You will always be on your toes because you never know what is going to happen!
7) Ability to Travel
You get the opportunity to travel anywhere. You can relocate easily because health care is in demand all over the world!
8) Meeting New People
As a health care professional, you meet new people every single day. It is exciting to gain perspective and insight, especially from someone who thinks differently than you do. It’s phenomenal to hear the experiences that people have had and how it has shaped them to become the person they are today. We might be helping them, but little do they know that they are helping us to become more understanding, empathic, compassionate, selfless, and well rounded individuals who strive to make the world a better and healthier place.
9) Emotionally Rewarding and Internally Satisfying
Being a health care professional is an emotionally rewarding career. Although it can be a very demanding profession, you will get the internal satisfaction of helping people improve their overall quality of live by providing them with efficient care. This also means you also have the opportunity to interact with people on a daily basis and really develop a strong relationship with them.
10) The Ability to Make a Difference
You can make the most difference while being in the health care profession. This is simply because you are working with and for others. Even a simple interaction can make all the difference in the world. You could help bring a new life into the world, or save a life from ending. You have the ability to change lives.
11) The Challenge
Being in the health care profession can be a stressful and challenging job. I want the healthy stress, and I want the challenges that each patient and situation brings forth. I want the personal interaction. I want the ups and downs, and everything in between because for me, no other profession offers me the opportunity to thrive in a challenging work environment, while simultaneously valuing empathy.